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Donald Sultan

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(American, b. 1951)

Donald Sultan received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his MFA from the School of the Art institute in Chicago. He moved to New York in 1975. The work of Donald Sultan is voluminous and varied. Since his first one-man show in 1977, he has enjoyed a distinguished career as painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

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His extensive body of work has placed him at the forefront of contemporary art, where he has become best known for his ability to successfully merge the best of yesterday’s artistic tradition with a fresh, modern approach that is unique.

Although his paintings fit into the criteria of a still life, Sultan describes these works as first and foremost abstract. The largeness of Sultan’s compositions, huge pieces of fruit, flowers, dominoes and other objects, set against the stark, unsettling tar-black, eight-foot square background, dominate the viewer. He is best known for his lemons and fruit, and states that his subjects develop from previous work. The oval of his lemons has led to a series of oval-blossomed tulips. Dots from dice have become oranges. What does not change with Sultan’s work is the powerful statement his forms make. Sultan’s work incorporates basic geometric and organic forms with a formal purity that is both subtle and monumental. His images are weighty, with equal emphasis on both negative and positive areas. Sultan describes his work asheavy structure, holding fragile meaningwith the ability toturn you off and turn you on at the same time.Sultan’s still lifes have been described as studies in contrast. his powerfully sensual, fleshy object representations are rendered through a labor-intensive and unique method.

Sultan has been given numerous exhibitions dedicated to his work, as well as having been included in a number of group shows. His work is included in the permanent collection of many prestigious institutions including the museum of modern art, the dallas museum of art, and the metropolitan museum of art.

Artwork

Education

  • 1975 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1980-81 State National Endowment for the Arts
  • 2000 Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C.
  • 2002 Honorary Doctorate Degree from the New York Academy of Art

Resumé

PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

  • The Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Australian National Gallery, Canberra
  • The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, California
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
  • Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Tate Gallery, London
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

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